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11 am to 12 pm    EarthEngine@SG: Keynote Presentation
Partner co-located track
Nicholas Clinton, Developer Advocate, Google
Google Earth Engine (EE) is a powerful cloud-based platform used to process remotely sensed satellite imagery and conduct large-scale land cover mapping on-the-fly. The applications of EE are numerous and cover a range of topics such as urban expansion, deforestation, and hazard mapping. 

This EarthEngine@SG event will be a platform for connecting with users of EE from academia, industry as well as the public sector and non-governmental organisations. The one-day virtual event includes a keynote talk, parallel talks on different topics, a networking breakout session and hands-on EE workshops.
12.10 pm to 1 pm    EarthEngine@SG: Parallel Talks

Partner co-located track 
Fate of forests at your fingertips - Power of Google Cloud Platform in detecting visibly similar crop types and remaining forests 
Keiko Nomura, Director of Product Development, Climate Engine
Let's empower conservation by talking about how to find remaining forests, instead of measuring how much we've lost. Land use change in the tropics is complex, consisting of small-scale deforestation and small patches of intact forests, recovering forests, tree crops, agroforestry, pasture, and crops all exist in close proximity. Using big data and machine learning techniques via Earth Engine powered by Google Cloud Platform, this challenging task can be done with high accuracy. The speaker will demonstrate using a case study in Southern Myanmar covering oil palm, rubber, betel nut plantations and forests. The speaker's talk includes the use of bands and indices from Sentinel-1 & Sentinel-2 and their high temporal resolutions, which provides crucial information on the trajectory of land use change and drivers of deforestation. 

Losses and gains of Earth’s intertidal ecosystems 
Nicholas Murray, Senior Research Fellow and ARC DECRA Fellow. College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University
Losses of intertidal ecosystems such as mangroves, saltmarsh and tidal flats are the widely reported result of intensifying human pressure and the growing impact of climate change on coastal regions around the world. In many cases, losses of coastal ecosystems have outpaced losses of adjacent terrestrial ecosystems, including tropical forests. However, intertidal ecosystems are known to have the capacity to rapidly respond to environmental change, gaining extent by means of migration, elevation gain and redistribution. Although many studies have suggested these processes as potential drivers of coastal resilience, little is known about the extent to which gains in intertidal ecosystem extent have counterbalanced known losses. In this seminar, the speaker will introduce the Global Intertidal Change project which addresses this knowledge gap empirically with a global, high-resolution remote-sensing analysis of the distribution and change of Earth’s three main intertidal ecosystems since 1999. The dataset suggests that extensive losses of intertidal ecosystems have been partially offset by co-located gains, and establishes a system for monitoring the ongoing responses of intertidal ecosystems to elevating pressures along the world’s coastlines.

Google Earth Engine for the United Nations humanitarian assistance mission 
Jakrapong Tawala, Satellite Analyst, United Nations Satellite Centre (UNOSAT)
UNOSAT is the United Nations Satellite Centre hosted at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), with the mission to promote evidence-based decision making for peace, security and resilience using geo-spatial information technologies. UNOSAT supports the UN agencies and Member States with satellite imagery analysis, and provide training and capacity development in the use of geospatial information technologies. Since 2003, the UNOSAT has established a rapid mapping provides satellite image analysis during humanitarian emergencies, both natural disasters and conflict-situations for the international humanitarian community and the UN Member States. Typical situations for which UNOSAT Rapid Mapping is activated include floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, oil spills, refugee and Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp mapping and conflict damage assessment. In this presentation, the speaker will provide an introduction to UNOSAT, the International Humanitarian Framework and the application of Google Earth Engine for rapid assessment of floods. 

Machine Learning with Google Earth Engine 
Mong Suan Yee, Director of Engineering, Kumi Analytics

1 pm to 2 pm    Lunch break
2 pm to 2.45 pm    EarthEngine@SG: Breakout Session

Partner co-located track
Participants can network and meet one another in themed rooms.

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2 pm to 3.30 pm: OGC Opening Plenary
Engage with the geospatial and location communities with an inspiring start to the 120th Member Meeting, in conjunction with the Singapore Geospatial Festival. The Opening Plenary will set the stage for great discussions, topics, and exciting innovations that will follow all week.

OGC Facilitator
  • Scott Simmons, Chief Standards Officer, Open Geospatial Consortium
  • Scott Simmons, Chief Standards Officer, Open Geospatial Consortium
  • Nadine Alameh, CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium
  • Colin Low, Chief Executive, Singapore Land Authority
  • Simonetta Cheli, Head of Strategy, Programme & Coordination Office, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, ESA

Colin Low --- SLA.pngMr Colin Low
Chief Executive
Singapore Land Authority

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Chief Standards Officer
Open Geospatial Consortium

3 pm to 4 pm
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Partner co-located track
3 pm to 4 pm: Hexagon's safety, infrastructure and geospatial Asia Pacific conference
The road to vision zero - are we on track? 
On the roads and across the railway, transport safety management is a top priority for state and local governments. Several agencies worldwide have adopted Vision Zero principles to eliminate fatalities and severe injuries on their road and rail infrastructure. Digitalization is one strategy for achieving that goal. Automating manual procedures and transforming processes into digital, connected, and intelligent systems improves safety and operations.

This session will discuss how digital transformation can help transportation agencies down the road to Vision Zero.

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Global Vice President, 
Business Development
Director, Presales
Hexagon, APAC

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Sales Director
Public safety
Hexagon, APAC

Partner co-located track
3 pm to 5 pm: EarthEngine@SG: Workshops

Introduction to Earth Engine (beginner)
Minerva Singh, Research Fellow, Imperial College London

Earth Engine tips and tricks (intermediate)
Keiko Nomura, Director of Product Development, Climate Engine
The Google Earth Engine is a powerful cloud computing platform for exploring and analysing various geospatial phenomena occuring on Earth. It is a free and accessible tool for anyone who wishes to use it to learn about the planet. However, beginners might find learning Earth Engine's computing language too daunting to get them started or find themselves stuck on a task while learning how to code. In this short workshop, participants will learn to use Earth Engine from loading satellite data to implementing basic geospatial analytics that will encourage users and get them started on using the platform.

Google Earth Engine Apps (intermediate to advanced)
Yvonne Fong, Data Scientist, EO Data Science
This workshop will cover the basics of designing, building, and publishing Earth Engine Apps. Earth Engine Apps are a great way to share code and outputs using a consolidated app interface. With Apps, experts can use simple user interface elements to leverage Earth Engine's data catalogue and analytical power, for experts and non-experts alike to use. Participants should have a basic understanding of JavaScript and using Earth Engine.

Please note that the workshops will end at different times.

4 pm to 5 pm

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Partner co-located track
4 pm to 5 pm: Hexagon's safety, infrastructure and geospatial Asia Pacific conference
Artificial intelligence in action: How businesses benefit from new technologies
AI is one of the most important concepts in the current technological landscape. It can provide useful insights, support automation and predict meaningful outcomes for organizations that use it. It's time to demystify the technology by showing concrete examples of how AI enables automation and prediction. Used wisely, it gives useful insights and suggestions in an assistive manner, which provides excellent support in a range of daily operations, from advising in public safety agencies to powering imagery analytics.

This session will contextualise AI by providing real-world use cases that illustrate its operational and organisational value.

Dr Uwe Jasnoch.pngDr. Uwe Jasnoch 
Global Vice President, 
Business Development
Director, Presales
Hexagon, APAC
 Kevin Mason -- HxGN Connect.pngKevin Mason
Presales Architect
Hexagon, APAC

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4 pm to 5.30 pm: OGC Beyond SDI
Since the SDI conceptualisation was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s there have been many technological and other changes which have quite radically changed the environment for geospatial information and analytics. There is thus a need to re-think and re-align the way in which geospatial information is shared, analysed and used in the rapidly evolving environment of today and into the future.

Since November 2020 EUROGI has facilitated a group of geospatial experts from around the world getting together to discuss the ‘beyond SDI’ issue. The group has produced a paper which proposes the idea of a geospatial ecosystem as a basis for establishing a new updated framework.  The paper can be accessed through this link.

This meeting is an opportunity for the OGC community to hear more about this initiative and provide feedback and comments.

OGC Facilitators
  • Nils Hempelmann, Project Manager, Innovation Program, Open Geospatial Consortium
  • Rollin Phillips, Project Manager, Innovation Program, Open Geospatial Consortium

  • Hans Breemersch, President, EUROGI
  • Nadine Alameh, CEO
  • Bruce McCormack, Vice President, EUROGI
  • Michael Gould, Global Education Manager, Esri & University Jaume 
  • Serena Coetzee, Professor, University of Pretoria
  • Alexander Kmoch, Researcher, University of Tartu
  • Zaffar Mohamed-Ghouse, Executive Director, Spatial Vision
5 pm to 6 pm    Hexagon's safety, infrastructure and geospatial Asia Pacific conference

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Partner co-located track
The importance of geospatial technology in the pandemic world
The pandemic has impacted many industries, and it's critical for businesses to adapt and keep employees safe yet productive and engaged. Remote work and agile operations are on course to continue and expand.

In this session, we will discuss how photogrammetry, laser scanning and other solutions offered by Leica Geosystems can assist in remote work for multiple industries. Discover how to optimise your use of data through Hexagon's geospatial technologies to create a smart digital reality.

Luc de Blieck.pngLuc De Blieck 
Sales Manager  Hexagon, APAC 

Daryl Lim.pngDaryl Lim 
Senior Sales Engineer 
Leica Geosystems Technologies Pte Ltd